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Thread #150538   Message #3508972
Posted By: GUEST,guest : May Queen
25-Apr-13 - 11:51 PM
Thread Name: Nic Jones Project
Subject: RE: Nic Jones
Hi Rachel,

I am fairly new to the folk scene but hope my experience of Nic Jones can be of help to you. When I saw Nic perform at the Cheltenham Folk Festival earlier this year it was with scant knowledge of him as a performer (I didnt even own any of his music)but I was aware he had had an accident and was just recently performing again. However it was a performance that will stick with me for a very long time.
I was absolutely blown away by the way he was supported on stage by his son Joe and Belinda O Hooley and was totally un-prepared for the intense emotional delivery of the songs.In fact I have no shame in admitting I was weeping copiously for the majority of the show! The fragility and beauty of his voice was overpowering (although I now know he sang very differently before his accident)and the humour shown by him and his fellow musicians was so un expected. Belinda joked that Nic now keeps his own time signatures and they have to guess where he's going next (!) but they did exactly that due to their skill as musicians and their obvious love and care for Nic as a person. Untimately it was this love and care which shone through the performance and which made it so special.

There is an article written just after his Sidmouth appearance which mentions Nics singing as being neither here nor there (not in as many words)but personally I prefer what I saw in Cheltenham to the voice I hear on his past recordings.